How did you come by your stage name?
While I was working in Vietnam, people in the entertainment industry kept referring to me as Mr. Oh. So I thought it might as well use it as my stage name.
When did you discover your love for your craft and what made you realize you wanted to pursue a career in it?
When it comes to art, music has always been my first love. At the university fair, I remember that I was so good at the “Name Your Tune” at the campus radio game booth that they asked me to stop playing to give others the chance (LOL).
Even though my career track followed the tech startup track, many of those startups tend to have a tie-in to the music industry. The most recent startup I joined focused a lot on Creator/YouTuber space. In order to better understand this, I became a Creator/YouTuber/KOL as well!
This is where I have the freedom the make content such as music and video while staying within the context of work. And I was pretty good at it. So with my current startup, I decided to try my hand at creating my very own music (and the accompanying music video). This is how this all came to be.
To what or whom do you accredit your sense of style?
When it comes to style, I have always been the influencer as opposed to the follower. However, when I looked at the old photo of my mom and dad, they both have a pretty dope sense of style. So it’s possible that it’s always been in my DNA (LOL).
I grew up in a very modest background (to put it mildly) after we immigrated to the U.S, so getting clothes from a thrift shop and a Salvation Army were the norm for me. So it’s even more challenging to try and look cool with those assembled.
I would describe my sense of style since I was a pre-teen to now as a mix of street, punk, and hip-hop. That’s always the combo for me. My age and phase of life determine which part has a more dominant role over the other.
On your current project, how did you come up with the concept?
From the previous startup I worked for (it was one of the biggest YouTube partners in the region), I quickly took notice of how big the audience Latin America has. You always have Latin singers like Enrique Iglesias, Sean Paul, Miguel, and Ricky Martin who were the early pioneers. However, Luis Fonzi really shattered the door open for Latin music in general and reggaeton in particular.
So that really gave me the inspiration to create my first single, La Ultima Opcion (Last Option), a reggaeton track with a good infusion of EDM. Also, with the way the world is today, I think having a nice dose of positive music and vibe is a good thing.
What are some of your greatest challenges, and what is your greatest attribute when it comes to your work ethic?
I am a super-fast learner. I will obsessively work, study and absorb like a sponge. People often say that they don’t know how, but I always seem to get things done no matter what it is.
When I first started on this whole creator space, it was the first time for me. But through hard work and perseverance, I became the best. This is not a boast either because I took the company from number 3 to number 1 in less than 2 years…growing it from 200 million monthly views to 2.7 billion monthly views when I left.
Are you the best at what you do in your opinion?
I believe myself to be one of the best in terms of a tech startup related to the creator/influencer space. However, as a DJ/producer/musician, I’m just a baby still learning.
What are your plans for the near future?
I’m putting a finishing touch on 3 more singles as we’re speaking. At the same time, I’ll continue to move my current startup forward since I’m very passionate about what we do since its primary mission is to help creatives/creators to make more income.
Is there anyone you’d like to thank, any shout outs?
God is first and foremost. He allows me to be here today and to have this platform to share/do what I love. There are many hardships and betrayals during my journey, but He always helps me overcome them. My mom is the other constant support and inspiration. Then there’s my partner Tony, without whom none of this won’t have happened.
How can fans find you?
What suggestions do you have for other artist like yourself?
The Internet and technology completely disrupt how artists/creators can get their content to their audience. For musicians, labels are no longer the gatekeeper. You even have a platform like my own startup that helps artists to make a living independently.
As long as you understand this new rule of engagement, you can follow your passion, make what you love, and get it out there all on your own (with help from those around you of course).